PFT’s Week 5 2022 NFL power rankings

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1. Eagles (4-0; No. 2): Fly, Eagles, Fly. Onward to Number One.

2. Bills (3-1; No. 3): Learning how to win close games now will help them win close games later. Like in January.

3. Chiefs (3-1; No. 6): Patrick Mahomes is the Harlem Globetrotters, and every defender he faces is the Washington Generals.

4. Packers (3-1; No. 4): They can’t keep playing like this, if they want to get to the Super Bowl.

5. Dolphins (3-1; No. 1): Can they win with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback?

6. Cowboys (3-1; No. 9): Cooper Rush is the Cowboys’ next Tony Romo, at a time when they don’t need another Tony Romo.

7. Buccaneers (2-2; No. 7): Sunday night’s game said more about the Chiefs than it did about the Buccaneers.

8. Bengals (2-2; No. 10): They’re gradually putting it all together.

9. Ravens (2-2; No. 8): Why did John Harbaugh go for the touchdown on fourth down? He can’t trust his defense.

10. Jaguars (2-2; No. 11): It’s rare to lose and climb, but the Jaguars more than held their own in Philly.

11. 49ers (2-2; No. 15): If they can play like this consistently, they can win it all.

12. Titans (2-2; No. 12): There’s still a weird vibe coming from this team, but they’re finally winning.

13. Rams (2-2; No. 5): Matthew Stafford probably has six or seven injuries that he’s keeping to himself.

14. Vikings (3-1; No. 16): In past years, the Vikings would find a way to lose close games. This year, they’re finding a way to win them.

15. Giants (3-1; No. 17): This won’t last if they don’t have a healthy quarterback.

16. Jets (2-2; No. 24): To finish their AFC North tour at 2-2 is one of the most impressive accomplishments of the season to date.

17. Falcons (2-2; No. 27): Could they actually win the NFC South?

18. Chargers (2-2; No. 19): Yes, they won. But it was another one of those “it’s always something” games that nearly saw a huge lead become a loss.

19. Browns (2-2; No. 13): With more games like Sunday, there won’t be a quarterback quandary in Week 13.

20. Broncos (2-2; No. 14): It’s definitely not going the way Broncos fans thought it would.

21. Cardinals (2-2; No. 23): The team that can’t finish needs to figure out how to get started.

22. Seahawks (2-2; No. 28): They wouldn’t be any better than 2-2 if they hadn’t traded Russell Wilson.

23. Bears (2-2; No. 22): The Bears feel like a team that at any given moment is on the verge of completely imploding.

24. Patriots (1-3; No. 20): In what very well could be Bill Belichick’s last visit to Lambeau Field, he almost pulled off a season-altering upset.

25. Colts (1-2-1; No. 18): The win over the Chiefs was an aberration.

26. Steelers (1-3; No. 21): When do the fans start chanting for Ben Roethlisberger?

27. Saints (1-3; No. 26): They nearly won a game against a solid team without plenty of their best players.

28. Panthers (1-3; No. 25): At least Matt Rhule will be home to light the Yule log.

29. Raiders (1-3; No. 31): Next Monday night at Kansas City will go a long way toward determining whether this team has any chance to contend in 2022.

30. Lions (1-3; No. 29): Low-scoring wins are way better than high-scoring losses.

31. Commanders (1-3; No. 30): The next owner will have plenty of work to do.

32. Texans (0-3-1; No. 32): They’ve yet to be embarrassed, but at some point they need to win.

82 responses to “PFT’s Week 5 2022 NFL power rankings

  1. If you are into power rankings, this site is the best at it by a mile. Philly looks like the best team in the league currently. Kansas City will be there until the end but right now they do not look like the NFLs best team.

  2. “When do the fans start chanting for Ben Roethlisberger?”

    You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Ben was done, but as with Bradshaw, many fans did not realize the value of a franchise QB. Maybe Pickett is the next one, remains to be seen.

  3. Steelers should be higher than the Bengals. Did you forget that we already beat them. How can they be raked ahead of us?

  4. How in the world can the Steelers be all the way down at 26 when they are only 1 game from the top of the AFCN? I am sensing a LOT of anti-Steeler bias! GO STEELERS!

  5. Eagles, Bills and Chiefs are the only legitimate teams. Can’t even add one more for a championship round of 4 teams. Its that mediocre the quality of the rest

  6. BB could very buy a ticket to watch Packers game in Lambeau 😛
    Dont just repeat what they said on TV

  7. tinye67 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:23 am
    Hating on the Vikings again. Lowest ranked 3-1 team.

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    WRONG they are ranked ahead of the Giants. Not sure they are any better than the Giants, but Kirk can certainly win non prime time games played against sub 500 teams.

  8. Well lookee here, the Nfc Least has the highest win total! The highest decorated division in sb era is back!

  9. The Lions should vacate the field whenever they’re on defense. Oh wait, they do. Never mind.

  10. What a game by the Pats. Unreal to think that what happened on the tv, somehow puts them that far lower than both Baltimore and GB. Makes absolutely no sense.

    It’s like someone in the media is lying to the customer again. Never seen that before.

  11. The great thing about power rankings are they are never wrong. They can’t be. They only reflect a subjective view of intangible values by whomever is making the list. Having said that; this is as good a list after the first month of the season as I’ve seen.

  12. The Packers can’t keep playing this poorly. They’re the 4th best team in the NFL.

  13. I’m okay with the Vikings’ rank. The team should be ranked in the middle until the D gets its act together and they beat a decent team. Clearly a couple other teams above them are ranked high based solely on reputation and pre-season expectations.

  14. It’s good to be the Packers. Even power rankings say we’re playing poorly and imply we’re not a good football team… and then still rank us in the top 5.

  15. The Packers are not going to the Super Bowl.

    And if they are the 4th best team in the League… the NFL is in BIG trouble.

  16. The Niners are having their usual early season so-so starts. 3-5 start last season and still made the conference championship game. Won’t be surprised to see them get better as the season goes on this year too.

  17. Rohanz2000 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:31 am
    Eagles, Bills and Chiefs are the only legitimate teams. Can’t even add one more for a championship round of 4 teams. Its that mediocre the quality of the rest

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    Destined to be an unpopular comment because the fans of at least 10 of the other 29 teams, if not more, won’t like reading it (especially those thin-skinned, entitled, “we invented football,” proselytizing Packers and Cowboys fans). But in looking at this list, I can’t help but think the same thing. The truth hurts.

  18. touchback6 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:51 am
    What a game by the Pats.

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    They lost. And they could easily be 0-4

  19. During 2021, the bills played many close games (KC, Miami, nyj, ne, and atl). Not sure why they are being docked points for putting games away in the 4th quarter. The bills close game stat is more of a gambling stat than applicable to real football. Yes, their losses were close, but that tells me they have an opportunity to win every game.

  20. purpleguy says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:56 am
    I’m okay with the Vikings’ rank. The team should be ranked in the middle until the D gets its act together and they beat a decent team. Clearly a couple other teams above them are ranked high based solely on reputation and pre-season expectations.
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    This is absolutely true. I mean, the Vikings destroyed the Packers, but everybody says the Packers are just bad in game 1. Or against a third string rookie, apparently.

  21. The Belichick/Patriots mystique has completely evaporated, literally no one fears them. Last place in the division lololol

  22. I think GB is too high. Miami should be 4th instead. I’d rank the 49ers much, much higher—their biggest flaw is QB and they have been winning with Jimmy G for years.

  23. Are the Patriots really lower than the Bears, even if it’s only one spot? Must be the 1-3 record.

  24. citizenstrange says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:28 am
    How in the world can the Steelers be all the way down at 26 when they are only 1 game from the top of the AFCN? I am sensing a LOT of anti-Steeler bias! GO STEELERS!

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    it’s been 4 weeks that AFC North lead is on pace to become 4 games over the course of a 16 game year, or 4.25 over the year of a 17 game one.

    That’s like saying there’s anti-Steeler bias because the Bengals/Browns/Ravens won at 12-5 and the Steelers were 8-9

  25. The Eagles look good. But they really haven’t played any good teams yet. And looking at their schedule they don’t except for GB. Hard to know how good you really are if you don’t actually play any real contenders.

  26. The Buccaneers are the best team in the league. With all the injuries to the O-line and the receiving corps, they haven’t shown it yet. But they will, some time in early February.

  27. Can’t see the 49ers as low as 11. The 1rst game vs the Bears with TLance is a throwout. Not a 49ers fan, but IMO they can at least go to the NFCC Game and possibly beyond.

  28. When it comes to power rankings, you really only need the top half teams. The bottom half is a waste of time. Only 14 teams go to the playoff, you only need to know which ones at the top.

  29. I’ve studied this list in detail, and I can tell you that every team on here is ranked too high, and also too low.

  30. After months of the ‘talking heads’ trying to hype up the Saints, they sit at 27…

    Sean Payton obviously knew winning with this team would be to much of a struggle… He has already made it clear he wants to still coach!

    Dennis Allen isn’t the answer… Winston at QB isn’t the answer… And now their defense is losing its dominance…

    Likely will be competing with the Panthers for last place in the division!

  31. I always get a kick out the “they haven’t played anyone” narrative. Take the Eagles for example. Someone commented that they haven’t played anyone and won’t until they play the Packers. Even though they soundly defeated the Vikings who soundly beat the Packers. The Packers beat the Bucs. The Bucs beat the Cowboys. So who exactly is “Anyone” in the NFL?
    Can someone please tell me when it’s okay to start enjoying wins?

  32. I thought the league would be deeper than it is – particularly the AFC. We’re only a month in, but on the AFC side, it still looks like Bills & Chiefs, then a drop off before the #3. I definitely thought teams like the Bengals, Colts & Broncos would be better given the offseason changes.

    The Eagles are a nice surprise. They should be the early SB fave from the NFC. The Bucs look old right now, but will probably challenge the Eagles in the end.

  33. The Bills are way too high. Please knock us down several notches and bring up Super Bowl losses from decades ago. Don’t forget 13 seconds and how overrated we are. There’s nothing to see here really. We’re luckily to just be competing at this point. We peaked in week 1, repeat until it helps you sleep at night

  34. 10. Jaguars (2-2; No. 11): It’s rare to lose and climb, but the Jaguars more than held their own in Philly.
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    You are right. It’s rare. The Patriots go to OT with a 3rd string rookie QB in Green Bay, and they drop 4 spots. The Patriots aren’t getting blown out. The games are hinging on a play here and a play there. I think their ranking reflects the QB situation. Otherwise they shouldbe closer to the missle of the pack. That will bear out in the coming weeks.

  35. harrytootsie says:
    October 4, 2022 at 10:31 am
    Iggles have not played anybody yet , just sayin !

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    1. All summer, everyone was ready to crown the vikings. And after week 1, everyone had their proof. Then they went to Philly. And suddenly, it’s “the Eagles haven’t played anybody.” Catch my drift?

    2. You can only play the teams on your schedule. And they’ve found ways to beat them all.

  36. Why are the Broncos, at 2-2, ranked higher than the Seahawks who are also 2-2, AND BEAT the Broncos in the first MNF game?

    Go Gino!
    Go Hawks!

  37. Just so I understand on the Packers:
    Week 1: Get blown out by a good team
    Week 2: Beat a terrible team
    Week 3: Squeak by a team that’s missing it’s top 3 wide receivers.
    Week 4: Squeak by a middling team without it’s starting QB.

    And this equals #4? They’re not even a top 10 team.

  38. Indy at #25 is too generous. I’m thinking #33, right behind #32 Ohio State. And I’m a Colts fan.

  39. tyelee says:
    October 4, 2022 at 12:00 pm
    After months of the ‘talking heads’ trying to hype up the Saints, they sit at 27…

    Sean Payton obviously knew winning with this team would be to much of a struggle… He has already made it clear he wants to still coach!

    Dennis Allen isn’t the answer… Winston at QB isn’t the answer… And now their defense is losing its dominance…

    Likely will be competing with the Panthers for last place in the division!

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    Sean Payton enjoys winning and being called a genius. Both of those options walked out the door when Brees left and the Saints something like 70 mill over the cap. He isn’t going to coach for anyone but a contender with a franchise QB.

    The Saints moved heaven and earth to put off the reckoning one more year but it looks like next year they are going to have to finally pay for the cap hell Payton put them in. It’s always more fun to run up the bill on the credit card than to pay for it at the end of the month and Payton left that to someone else.

  40. Not sure about your Bucs comment, Sunday night’s game seemed to say a lot about the vaunted Bucs D. Mahomes and Co. could’ve dropped a 50-burger if Andy hadn’t taken his foot off the gas.

  41. As a Rams fan, after last night it feels like ranking us 13 is too high. Neither our offense or defense could do anything, We should be listed in the 20s.

  42. If the Jaguars are the 10th ‘best’ team in the league, the league is really struggling.

  43. Some good observations here. I have a feeling the Eagles are vulnerable to being decoded by teams with top QBs & more experienced coaches, but even more than their ability, their opportunity this year is that most of the NFC is in disarray – Bucs & Packers struggling with injuries and transitions, Rams looking more like the average team they always were, other challengers like Saints & Vikings dealing with issues. This is a prime opportunity for the Eagles to get results beyond their ability.

  44. “Why did John Harbaugh go for the touchdown on fourth down? He can’t trust his defense.”

    And it looks like he can’t trust his offense, either, based on how that play turned out and the failure to score once in the second half.

    You can’t go scoreless in a half against a rival like that and think you’re ready for prime time. The Ravens have a hugely high ceiling but very low floor, and that’s why they’ve only managed one playoff win in the Jackson era, while other rival teams have been surpassing them left and right.

    They’re good enough. But from Jackson down, they need to execute a lot better.

  45. “Jaguars (2-2; No. 11): It’s rare to lose and climb, but the Jaguars more than held their own in Philly.” LOL what? The Jags in the 1st quarter took a 14-0 lead and then were outscored 29-7 the remainder of the game with their lone score coming with like 7 minutes left in the game and oh year they had FIVE TURNOVERS. That isn’t really holding your own being shutout a majority of the game and turning it over five times. The Jags also came into the game with the #1 rush defense, shutting down the likes of Taylor, Ekler and Gibson and the Eagles had 210 rushing yards on them!

  46. The Bills are 3-1, but probably won’t have to play in Miami again. They are better than the Eagles.

  47. If the Bills are lucky enough to make it to the SB I’m sure they’d love and be thrilled to see GB on the other side.

  48. directdriver says:
    October 4, 2022 at 11:29 am
    When it comes to power rankings, you really only need the top half teams. The bottom half is a waste of time. Only 14 teams go to the playoff, you only need to know which ones at the top.

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    When it comes to power rankings, its about smack talking as much as anything else. So everyone is in that game.

  49. directdriver says:
    October 4, 2022 at 11:29 am
    When it comes to power rankings, you really only need the top half teams. The bottom half is a waste of time. Only 14 teams go to the playoff, you only need to know which ones at the top.

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    Because you also lost to the Patriots and almost fell to the Jets too?

  50. Imagine if Jimmy G actually does win this year, while still playing mediocre? Might be the only way to top last year’s off-season drama, which the league loves.

  51. Seattle is breaking in a new QB and playing well. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them climb.

  52. Fans of the last place patriots are the best clowns. They lose every game so they’re a good team and should be ranked higher, got it.

  53. The Bears are ranked too high and I say that as a fan. That debacle against a sorely depleted Giants team revealed how low their ceiling is until they can drastically improve the talent next offseason. Coaching is also being called into question already and rightly so. The Bears run the ball OK and do literally nothing else well on any kind of consistent basis. They’re bottom 5 and look like a team that will do well to notch 4 more wins this season.

  54. Anyone who thinks this is a good list with the Jets ranked number 16 is an absolute idiot. They didn’t beat Cleveland, Cleveland lost that game to them. Then they beat an absolutely awful offensive team in Pittsburgh. Other than that they were completely destroyed by Baltimore and Cincy. But yeah, they’re better than half the league.

  55. GB just doesn’t pass the eye test. I still don’t believe in Miami until they show they can win consistently. The NFC east will come back down to earth and the AFC West will get better once the coaches stop getting in their team’s way

  56. This is looking more and more like the early 90s where the Cowboys and 9ers were the only teams that mattered.

  57. The Bears are a bottom two team in the NFL and it’s obvious to everyone. Are they still getting credit for beating SF in a monsoon in Week 1?

  58. Looking at the Philly schedule, it looks to be less challenging than others. I wanna see that Eagles v Packers game.

  59. The greatest coach and greatest dynasty in sports history (according to their best fan) have been reduced to celebrating moral victories. That’s what you typically hear from the bottom dwellers.

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